Men's hockey

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media before a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings, in Raleigh, N.C. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the potential that the seventh- and eighth-seeded teams meet in each conference final. This is the world Commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned when the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005 after a year-long lockout. Bettman prefers to call it “competitive balance,” and it’s the thing he trumpets the most about the state of the league where almost anyone can win the Stanley Cup in a given season. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
May 05, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep. "Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the...
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San Jose Sharks' Joonas Donskoi, left, and Evander Kane celebrate a goal by Tomas Hertl (48) during the third period of Game 5 of the team's NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 05, 2019 - 12:53 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As loud as the Shark Tank got following Tomas Hertl's two goals, the roar was even more deafening when injured captain Joe Pavelski emerged from the tunnel to wave a towel for the fans in the third period. Hertl's goals led the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, Sebastian Aho (20), also of Finland, and Jordan Staal (11) celebrate Aho's goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 04, 2019 - 1:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The formerly last-place Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to knock out their division's best team in seven games. Then they swept the second-best team. Maybe it's time to rethink the significance of those Metropolitan Division standings. The Hurricanes advanced to another...
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Dallas Stars players Jamie Benn (14), John Klingberg (3), of Sweden, and Alexander Radulov (47), of Russia, celebrate after a goal by Esa Lindell against the St. Louis Blues during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 04, 2019 - 12:37 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ben Bishop looked the part of a Vezina Trophy finalist, except for one play. Jason Spezza scored and Bishop made 38 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Esa Lindell also scored for the...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho scores against New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner while Islanders' Scott Mayfield (24) and Casey Cizikas (53) defend with Adam Pelech during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 10:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz mulled whether to change goaltenders with his team facing elimination before deciding to stick with the reliable Robin Lehner as the starter. By the time he made the switch, the Islanders were down two goals and on their way being swept out...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) takes the puck from New York Islanders' Josh Bailey (12) while Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) looks on at rear during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 9:45 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen scored a quick goal, and moments later, so did Greg McKegg. Just that quickly, the Carolina Hurricanes chased New York's goalie out of the game — and the Islanders right out of the playoffs. Carolina earned a second-round sweep of the Islanders on Friday night...
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May 03, 2019 - 4:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Media company Sinclair Broadcasting Group is buying Fox's regional sports networks for $9.6 billion. The Walt Disney Co. agreed to sell the networks to get regulatory approval for its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets, which was completed in March. The 21...
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, left, covers the puck after stopping a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 03, 2019 - 1:23 am
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon described his batted-in goal as merely cleaning up garbage. This was far from trash talk: The Colorado Avalanche are right back in the series. MacKinnon kept up his scoring spree with a second-period goal, Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots for his first career playoff...
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Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, right, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with forward Jake DeBrusk during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
May 02, 2019 - 9:34 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots and the Boston Bruins got some much-needed production from their top-liners in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night that evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Patrice Bergeron had two goals,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados watch as U.S. players celebrate a win during the Four Nations Cup hockey gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement Thursday, May 2, 2019, comes after the Canadian Women's Hockey League abruptly shut down as of Wednesday, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. The group of players, led by American stars Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, hopes their move eventually pushes the NHL to start its own women's hockey league as the NBA did with the WNBA. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 5:23 pm
Hilary Knight would rather risk missing a year of playing meaningful hockey than settle for the status quo. The star American forward is among more than 200 of the world's top female players who announced Thursday that they will not play professional hockey in North America at all this year in a...
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